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The Mary Page News items give insight into our interest areas, our outreach, and the many ways people honor Our Lady. We welcome your input and your comments.


Mary in Books, Films and Music

Book Signing of The Miracles of Mary

Bridget Curran works as a filmmaker for CM Film Productions in Australia which produced Weeping Women, a documentary on weeping statues of the Madonna around the world. The film was screened at Signis' Magnificat Film Festival in Belarus on June 26.  The Marian Library has ordered a copy of the book and the DVD for our holdings.  For more information, or to order this DVD, click here.

Bridget has also published a book on Our Lady, Miracles of Mary. To find information or to order the book, click here.  The book was recently translated into Italian.  Rights to the book have also been sold to a Brazilian publishing house and it will be translated into Portuguese with new material on Nossa Senhora Aparecida, Our Lady of Aparecida.  We will keep you posted on its progress and availability.

She recently sent us the following information:

I will be doing a book signing at Gatto Christian Shop on Saturday September 12th at 10:30 am. The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary--and she's been given many names, from all over the World and across many faiths.

Gatto Christian Shop
108 Wanneroo Road Tuart Hill, Western Australia 6060
General Enquires -    Perth Office: (08) 9 345 5700

Please stop in and say hi. Whether you have the book or not, it would be great to see you!

For more information, click into the Miracles of Mary Book Group.

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Radio Maria from the Marian Library

Francesca Franchina, MS. Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.

On Wednesday, September 2, Francesca Franchina discusses the September 12, 2009 "MARTHA AND MARY" Day of Renewal with organizers Rene Klosterman, Ginny Gehret and her daughter, UD student Michelle Gehret, Jeannette Kott, Kristi Wellman and Ann Stammen of Coldwater, Ohio. Phone-in guest, Tim Francis, from Galveston/Fort Worth, Texas cites the research and pathology of the blood issuing from a cement statue of the Crucified Christ, a consecrated host that has turned to flesh and blood, and the imprimatured messages of Jesus to a Bolivian woman who relays that Jesus is bringing belief into an unbelieving and rejecting world through miracles.  He will also provide details on "You Shall Believe" the amazing September 8 program at Transfiguration Church in West Milton, Ohio presented by a noted Australian attorney and famed TV program host from Australia. For more information on the latter, click into  CALL IN TOLL FREE. PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at [Click on the BVMary photo ... Scroll down to RADIO MARIA USA (English) ... Click on the windows icon or whichever media program you have on your PC.].  The web site also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, (T5H) airs every Tuesday except the first Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA. CALL IN TOLL FREE; PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show); 1-866-333-6279.

New Program: Living With Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Johann Roten, Francois Rossier, Thomas Thompson, and Bertrand Buby of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Schoenstatt Sisters Jean Frisk and Danielle Peters, Michael Duricy and Brother Erik Otiende will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed Wm. Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions and others. The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is the site of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the Doctorate, STL and STD. Find out more by visiting The University of Dayton; The Marian Library and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.  Click here for the complete schedule of future programs planned to date.

This week's programs:

Brother Eric Otiende, S.M., Thursday, September 3, 2:30 PM on Marian Devotion and Faith

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, September 4, 2:30 PM on the Life of Mary in Novels

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Ancient Carol of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by Brother John Samaha, S.M.)

There is no rose of sych vertu, as the rose that bare Jesu. Allelulia ! For in that rose contained was, heaven and earth in lytel space. Res Miranda ! (Wonderful Thing) By that rose we may well see there be one God in persons three. Pares Forma ! (Equal in Form) The angels sungen the shepherd to : Gloria in Excelsis Deo ! (Glory be to God on high) Gaudeamus ! (Let us rejoice) Leave we all this worldly mirth, and follow we this joyful birth. Transeamus ! (Let us follow) . [0ne of thirteen anonymous carols found in a Cambridge Manuscript.]

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Last Chance to see Current Exhibit

A Patrick Pye Retrospective

The Marian Library gallery will show works from our extensive collection of Pye's lithographs.  The exhibit will run from July 1 - September 11, 2009.  For more details click here.

Our next exhibit, Icons of the Electronic Age, by Katie Osenga, will run run September 14 - November 20, 2009.

The Marian Library received its largest single gift recently from Australian collector, Elisabeth Van Mullekom-Cserep.  Employees and volunteers have been busy processing the gift which includes over twenty-three hundred items.  A selection of crèches from this outstanding donation will be unveiled in a special exhibition during the 2009 Christmas season.  Opening on Thanksgiving weekend with a family-oriented open house, the displays will run through mid-January.  Exhibits will be shown on the first and second floors of Roesch Library and the crèche room of The Marian Library.  Stop by often and enjoy these marvelous gifts.

UD Marian and Roesch Libraries Online Giving Page

The Marian Library Gallery is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Free and open to the public, hours are Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or by appointment.  Call 937-229-4214.

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Additional Web Addresses for The Mary Page

In order to make our web site more accessible, The Mary Page may now be reached at the following URLs:;;;;;; and  The original address on the University of Dayton site,, remains active as well.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mary Channel on their navbar with articles from The Mary Page. Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria broadcasts from Milan, Italy, heard in forty-nine countries; WHJM broadcasts out of Louisiana across USA [including FM 88.7, an affiliate station in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, an affiliate in Springfield, Ohio, which air regular Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday at 11:30 am EST].

Mary's Gardens, the website of the late John S. Stokes, Jr. is in the process of being migrated to The Mary Page in accord with his bequest.  His children have also donated related physical holdings to The Marian Library.  Click here for more information.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for Fall 2009 semester will commence on October 12, 2009. The course schedule for Fall 2009 and beyond is now available.

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In keeping with the season, we recommend  The Most Holy Name of Mary (September 12).

Our section on international stamps with images of Mary has been revised.  The latest additions were: Estonia; Faroe Islands; and Finland.  Expect more countries to follow.

We have updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through August 30, 2009.  We have also posted the Marian Commemoration Days for September on our Korean language section and updated the News there through September 1, 2009.

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On Mary, Mother of Priests
"The Perfect Model For Their Existence"
Source: Zenit (Castel Gandolfo, Italy), August 27, 2009

The celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, next Saturday, is at hand and we are in the context of the Year for Priests. I therefore wish to speak of the link between Our Lady and the priesthood.

This connection is deeply rooted in the Mystery of the Incarnation. When God decided to become man in his Son, he needed the freely-spoken "yes" of one of his creatures. God does not act against our freedom. And something truly extraordinary happens:  God makes himself dependent on the free decision, the "yes" of one of his creatures; he waits for this "yes."

St Bernard of Clairvaux explained dramatically in one of his homilies this crucial moment in universal history when Heaven, earth and God himself wait for what this creature will say.

Mary's "yes" is therefore the door through which God was able to enter the world, to become man. So it is that Mary is truly and profoundly involved in the Mystery of the Incarnation, of our salvation. And the Incarnation, the Son's becoming man, was the beginning that prepared the ground for the gift of himself; for giving himself with great love on the Cross to become Bread for the life of the world. Hence sacrifice, priesthood and Incarnation go together and Mary is at the heart of this mystery. ...

Click here for the complete article.

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TThe director and editors of The Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Modern-Age Madonnas
Source: Campus Report, (University of Dayton) August 25, 2009

In a new exhibit of Byzantine-style icons in The Marian Library, a California artist demonstrates how a centuries-old form can distill spiritual elements from familiar aspects of modern life.

The exhibition, Icons of the Electronic Age, will be on display at The Marian Library Gallery in Roesch Library from Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Nov. 20. The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and by appointment Saturday and Sunday. Call 229-4214. It's free and open to the public.

In paintings such as Madonna of Financial Help and Madonna of Aviation, artist Katherine Osenga said her work grew from contemplating the spiritual aspects of contemporary life. To ensure that her work is accessible to a modern audience, she said, she relies on traditional, well-known symbols and updates them.

"Living in a culture that is based in our material well-being, the icon is a refreshing reminder of our spiritual life," she said. "My intention is to create icons for the modern sensibility. I want to make the images exciting for the modern eye."

Father Johann Roten, S.M., director of the International Marian Research Institute, said the library staff selected the Madonna of Financial Help as the signature piece for the exhibit because it exemplifies the modernity of Osenga's work and her use of symbols.

For example, Osenga's description says the image of Jesus holding a fish in the Madonna of Financial Help stems from a story in the Gospel of Matthew regarding St. Peter and money for tribute that came from a fish.

But Osenga added "the beautiful part about symbols is that they can be interpreted in a variety of ways."

Roten suggested another interpretation might relate to a Gospel story in which Jesus performs a miracle by taking a few loaves and fishes from a boy in the crowd and creating enough food to feed thousands of people.

During a time of financial crisis for many people, Roten said, Osenga's work is a reminder that Jesus did not create the miracle by himself, but that he asked for a contribution from what Roten called, "the human side."

"In order to have a miracle, you have to make a contribution yourself," Roten said. "It's not a one-way street."

Sixteen of Osenga's works will be on exhibit, including the Madonna of Aviation, on loan from Andy Cresci, a California pilot who commissioned the work. In that icon, Jesus holds a Wright brothers-style biplane.

Click here for the complete article.

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You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look! This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to directly submit prayer requests or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of September with Mary:

The Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of September.

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Marian Events

Rosary Evangelization Apostolate

Title: "Sacrament of Mercy" Conference

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Location: Schoenstatt Center in Waukesha, w284 N404 Cherry Lane, Waukesha, WI 53188

A whole day of powerful speakers, worship, Holy Mass, opportunities for confession, and more!  Father Donald H. Calloway, MIC, graduate of the International Marian Research Institute, will speak at the conference.  Sponsored by the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate and Schoenstatt.  The goal is a 'personal encounter with Jesus'.

For more information click into or call 414-570-4389.

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